This-essay is a7604081.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %MANAGING SEXUAL FANTASIES 760408 God gave men and women the tendency to have sexual fantasies, to help bring them together. Like all God- given tendencies, this one can become destructive. As a result, some thoughtless people have come to regard the tendency as evil, in violation of God's commandment not to distinguish between good and evil people. Such judgments of people who exercise their God-given ability to have sexual fantasies drives men and women apart, contrary to God's intention of bringing them together in love. Such separation is sin. Sin is the condition of being alienated. Sin is promoted by legalism of any form. Legalists would have men and women inhibit sexual fantasies---because they regard sexual fantasies as essentially evil. People who exercise their God-given ability to have sexual fantasies are regarded as evil, not to be associated with. Thus legalists violate God's children and encourage them to deny the reality of one of God's gifts. People who consistently deny any reality go insane---to the extent to which they lose touch with reality and each other. The more covert the denial---the more destructive it is likely to be. It is necessary to break the bonds created by legalists. Legalists seek to create a successful society through controls which presume to be more important than any dedication to openness. The bonds fashioned by legalists may best be broken by reaffirmation of the importance of love which facilitates openness. God is Love. The bonds of the legalists may be broken by recognizing their idolatry. Then it may become possible to be honest and open about sexual fantasies---without attempting to fulfill them all. It would be destructive to attempt to fulfill all possibilities suggested by sexual fantasies, just as it would be destructive to attempt to fulfill all possibilities suggested by technocratic fantasIes. In both cases priorities must be set---else destructive patterns of behavior develop. Priorities may best be set in an atmosphere of mutual trust and openness in which risks may be taken without the fear that vulnerability will be taken advantage of. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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